Players and staff from across the Club Doncaster family were able to raise a few smiles as they made the annual Christmas visit to the children’s ward at Doncaster Royal Infirmary.
Rovers head coach Danny Schofield and club captain Tommy Rowe were joined by Dons forward Alex Holdstock and Belles defender Freya Rattenbury to hand out gifts to young patients on the ward.
They took time to chat to the youngsters and their parents and helped lift spirits during a heartwarming afternoon.
Rowe said: “It was a great experience. To have that opportunity to meet people who are in hospital over Christmas was a privilege.
“We brought the presents for the kids and it was great to see their faces as we tried to cheer them up a little bit and have a chat with the parents to see what they’re going through as well.
“And it was great to speak to the nurses who do such a great job as well. My mum was a nurse on a children’s ward for 25 years and she told me about the visits from the two Manchester clubs and how much that meant to the staff and the kids. I wanted to be part of that here.
“Because of the situation, we weren’t able to come in great numbers but all of the lads were here in spirit and wanted to contribute in any way they could.”
Club Doncaster Foundation donated gift bags for each of the youngsters which included teddy bears and toys.
Elite Pro Sports provided footballs, calendars and stationery while Rovers Academy players donated selection boxes to be included in the gift bags.
The Rovers squad contributed gifts for the ward as a whole, with Rowe delivering items for nursery and sensory rooms.
And he also handed over a cash donation from training ground sponsors Hoober Homes, which will go towards furnishing a communal area for teenage patients.
We would like thank all of those who contributed gifts towards the visit, which was carried out as part of our Charity 100 scheme, which is sponsored by Keepmoat.